Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,711
Reviews:
1,220
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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213
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506
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Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330m brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "westmalle" around the neck.

Upon opening, the beer froths out of the bottle in a volcanic like action, pouring a dark bodied beer with an amber head which last for several minutes.

Medium carbonation levels, carmelly taste with a light malty sweetness and warmth. Strong fruity esters of banana and dried fruits. Very drinkable.

Smooth, malty flavour with a nice alcohol kick.

One of the first beers to really turn me to the dark side (ie. dark belgians) All in all, one of my favourite beers, an almost flawless performance


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Update 11 March 2004

Just to add, i've had many of these beers since then and they've all been up to scratch, amazing brews

I've increased my review slightly for this reason


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Update June 29th 2004

Still a fantastic beer, after rochefort 10, st bernardus 12 and abbaye des rocs, it still impresses and holds its own



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Update 12th July 2004

A bit blander than I recall, lack or flavour and aroma, too fizzy and not as smooth

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Dark brown, dense, almost impossible to see through, formed a good tan head of foam mixed with medium sized bubbles that quickly resolved into a simple coating of light foam and a few medium sized bubbles on the surface.

S = Definite notes of caramel, ripened fruits, very slight yeastiness and traces of alcohol.

T = Sweet with a backbite of spiciness. Great flavor. Starts with a rich, sweet malty taste of caramel and fresh pumpernickel, then hits on fruity flavors of very ripe sweet tropical fruits and even sharper hints like limes (mostly a matter of bitterness, not strong taste), blends to a spicy mix of flavors, very well balanced. Alcohol is present but not unpleasant, just a good warming presence.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, soft but full carbonation effects.

D = This is one of the most drinkable dubbels I have tried. Just an excellent and drinkable beer. Drink and enjoy!

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Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice head at first that dwindles down to a nice lace.

Dark caramel in color with fruity notes.

Nice mouthfeel that starts out sweet and ends up dry. Loads of caramel and grape characters with tons of fruit a nice toffee note. Floral characters to go with the overall "Belgian" character. Little to no hops to speak of. Rich maltiness and some phenols in the finish. The lingering characters are bold bready characters and toffee.

Overall this is just an amazing beer. Very drinkable throughout. I'd love to try this on tap.

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Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a muddied brown color due to yeast hazing with reddish undertones, and perhaps a slight brushing of orange...the head is off white, and starts out about two to three fingers thick but it does very quickly dissipate into a thick-ish layer over the liquid....lacing is modest as well, with small patches of foam clinging to the glass and the carbonation is too hard to say what is going on, but what I can see appears to be slow and mellow. Not bad at all look wise!

S- I get deep fruit aromas along with mellow caramel/toffee The fruit is of banana, dark cherry, raisin, plums and perhaps some fig. There is a mild bready yeast, and just a pinch of spice....sweet almost nutty finish. Overall, this is milder on the nostrils than I would have initially expected but nice all the same.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely and overall everything is mild and unassuming. The alcohol is noted and not hidden as well as I'd like. Black cherry and hints of bananas are the fruit flavors that show up the most, with muted caramel, or cooked brown sugar rounding everything out. Finishes slightly nutty and just a hint of hop usage is detected....again, the flavors are all there, but a little subdued....

M/O- This is the best area of the beer in my opinion.....creamy smooth carbonation and a light-medium body. This is easy enough to drink and while its fine overall, I think the overall reviews on this one are overstated. Its a simple brew that I don't believe quite lives up to the style....I probably won't be buying this anytime soon again, but I still think it's worth a try to anyone wanting a decent beer!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color, almost like apple cider. Provides a thick 2 finger foam head that lasts awhile before becoming a film. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, dark fruits, caramel, bread and molasses.

T: Refreshing, not overly sweet, but a nice level of complexity. Starts and ends with a sweet blast of caramel and dark prunes/plums.

M: Seems a tad thin with a little more carbonation then expected.

D: A nice dubbel, not ovely sweet. I would definitely drink more of this brew.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark brown/mahogany in color with a slight red hue. Pours a two finger white/slightly tan colored head.

Aroma- Plums, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits in this plums and dark cherry flavors, and even some chocolate malt sweetness in there as well. In the finish there's a ton of malty dryness and a little bit of hop spice, almost like a spiced dark cherry flavor.

Feel- Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, and incredibly dry in the finish.

Overall- Really like this dubbel as it has great dark fruit flavors and an interesting spicy hop profile in the finish. Only complaint is the finish, which can be overbearingly dry. Other than that its a great beer.

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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel opens with a light Belgian-type nose, bananas and cloves drifting up lazily. But these are joined by strong touches of wet wheat fields, floury baguettes, straw, and toast crust, the bready flavors almost outclassing the fruits and spices. Some hints of orange and apricot underpin the breads, mixed with a smidgen of fig and molasses, and light grapefruit, lemon, and rose hips speak to hops. As a whole, the nose is good, but quite light and effervescent. The fresh grain notes take up much of the profile, but enough fruits and sugars come through to provide for a balanced aroma. A bit heavier nose would have made for a more enticing introduction.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a dash of Flemish sour, touches of fermented apple cider hitting first, but dying off quickly and replaced by darker sugars, including fig, cherry, orange, berry, and sparkling white grape. Brown sugar and caramel provide a candy-like coating to the fruits, resting atop a bed of brown bread, toast crust, and wheat stalks. A sprinkling of lemon and grapefruit from the hops adds a bit of pizzazz. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer becomes largely grain-based, this slightly marred by staleness and the taste of hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the grain flavors, with touches of berry and fruit, as well as more grapefruit and lemon, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing and slightly burning the soft tissues.

Overall, this is good fare, but suffers from a lack of any extraordinary characteristic to set it apart from its peers. The flavors here are good, but the beer feels like it needed more of something--sugars would be a good place to start--to bring out a lovely bouquet. The slight staleness to the latter half of the mouthful and aftertaste is also unsettling. It’s still a good Trappist ale, but simply needed to be more awe-inspiring.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MiScusi
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/12/07.

Amber/brownish with thin 1-finger tan head, poured into a goblet. Very solid dark brown when filled all the way up, as it gets down to the end and there is less liquid you can tell it is a translucent brown with orange-red hue. Very malty and as it warms up a lot more of the yeast character comes through. Hops not detectable. Carbonated pretty generously and seems like alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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Photo of srgj88
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kiro
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rale
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried quite a few times trippel version of Westmalle and was blown away each time. That's why I decided to go for dubbel, too. It has awesome dark color, nice head, malty taste and dark fruits aromas. Alcohol is well hidden, although it does hit hard. Overall, would go for this one anytime again. I see it as suitable in the evenings and in the winter period. If i had to choose between this one and trippel, I would still go for the last.

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Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown bottle. Neck stamped 'trappist" Cool beans. An agressive pour yeilds a glug glug glug exit from the bottle, and an murky brown color, with a fluffy bubbly biege head that settled to a thin covering very quickly. Lots of candied fruits on the smell, carmelized like the bottom of bananas foster. Super smooth taste, more candied fruit, carmel and bananas. Rum soaked cherries. Little hints of spices, cinammon, etc. Very good, flavor soaked yeasty belgian goodness. Hints of bitterness on the finish, just ever so dry. Very smooth and drinkable. A real treat. This one came compliments of the BelgianBum !

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,711 ratings.
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